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RE: st: Variable Name

From   "Nick Cox" <[email protected]>
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   RE: st: Variable Name
Date   Mon, 7 Apr 2003 10:12:05 +0100

Jennifer Ng

> I like to use excel to organize the data before I run 
> regression.  Usually,
> I prefer to use some upper case and lower case for the 
> characters of the
> variable names.  When I use the insheet
> command,  the variables are all changed to lower case. It is quite
> time-consuming to change them.  Is there any quick way to do it?
Rufus Browning

> Here are a couple of ways.
> The program StatTransfer, 


> Alternatively, you could
> (1) use -describe- or -ds- to obtain the list of the 
> all-lc-varnames in Stata
> (2) put the word -rename- into all the cells of the first 
> column of an 
> Excel worksheet,
> (3) put the Stata varnames into the second column,
> (4) put the list of your Excel uc/lc varnames into the 
> third column, then
> (5) paste the worksheet as unformatted text into a word processor,
> (6) replace all the tabs or other mess into spaces between 
> the terms,
> (7) paste the resulting set of Stata -rename- commands into 
> Stata's Do-File 
> Editor, and
> (8) run the do-file.

In addition, there is a purpose-built renaming 
command -renvars-, published in STB-60. That permits 
Rufus's second approach to be implemented in Stata 
with less typing. 

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